Highlights

Does Education Improve Health? Evidence from Indonesia, Journal of Development Studies, forthcoming. Download; Working Paper
I examine the effects of education on health in Indonesia using an exogenous variation in education induced by an extension of Indonesia’s school term length in 1978-1979, a natural experiment that fits a regression discontinuity design. I find the longer school year increases educational attainment and wages, but I do not find evidence that education improves health. I explore some mechanisms through which education may affect health, but education does not seem to promote healthy lifestyles, increase the use of modern healthcare services, or improve access to health insurance; if anything, education improves only cognitive capacity.

Working papers

The effects of the three-point rule in individual sports: Evidence from chess (with Lee Yoong Hon and Kung Ming Tiong), MPRA Paper No. 71060, 2016. Download; Abstract

Does education increase political participation? Evidence from Indonesia, MPRA Paper No. 70326, 2016. Download; Abstract

Social health insurance improves women’s healthcare use: Evidence from Indonesia (with Shanika Samarakoon), MPRA Paper No. 61504, 2015. Download; Abstract

Investors are unwilling to pay for corporate social responsibility activities: Evidence from India’s Companies Act 2013 (with Saumik Paul), MPRA Paper No. 61360, 2015. Download; Abstract

Journal articles

Does education improve health? Evidence from Indonesia, Journal of Development Studies, forthcoming. Download; Working Paper; Abstract

Do Islamic banks shift from mark-up to equity financing when their contracting environments are improved? (with Nafis Alam), Applied Economics Letters, forthcoming. Download; Working Paper; Abstract

What happen to children’s education when their parents emigrate? Evidence from Sri Lanka (with Vengadeshvaran Sarma), International Journal of Educational Development, 46, 94-102, 2016. Download; Working Paper; Abstract

Does the three-point rule make soccer more exciting? Evidence from a regression discontinuity design (with Lee Yoong Hon), Journal of Sports Economics, 17(4), 377-395, 2016. Download (open access); Working Paper; Abstract

Children and maternal migration: Evidence from exogenous variations in family size (with Vengadeshvaran Sarma), Applied Economics Letters, 22(15), 1184-1187, 2015. Download; Working Paper; Abstract

The effects of the intensity, timing, and persistence of personal history of mobility on support for redistribution (with Andrew Dabalen and Saumik Paul), Economics of Transition, 23(3), 565-595, 2015. Download; Working Paper; Abstract

Does education empower women? Evidence from Indonesia (with Shanika Samarakoon), World Development, 66, 428-442, 2015. Download (open access); Working Paper; Abstract

Books

Electronics industry in Malaysia (with Shandre M. Thangavelu). In: Findlay, C., ed., ASEAN and regional free trade agreements. Routledge, 256-296, 2015. Amazon; Website; Description

Exchange rate, monetary and financial issues and policies in Asia (with Ramkishen S. Rajan and Shandre M. Thangavelu), World Scientific, 2008. Google Book; Amazon; Website; Description

Conference papers

Does education increase political participation? Evidence from Indonesia, Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) Insitute 2015, Denpasar.

Social health insurance improves women's healthcare use: Evidence from Indonesia (with Shanika Samarakoon), 2015 Australian Conference of Economists, Brisbane.

Married men with children may stop working when their wives emigrate to work: Evidence from Sri Lanka (with Vengadeshvaran Sarma), CSAE Conference 2015: Economic Development in Africa, Oxford.

Does education empower women? Evidence from Indonesia (with Shanika Samarakoon), Econometric Society Australasian and Australian Conference of Economists Meeting 2014, Hobart.

Did the three-point rule make soccer more exciting? Evidence from a regression discontinuity design (with Lee Yoong Hon), Singapore Economic Review Conference 2013, Singapore.

The effects of education on health: Evidence from a regression discontinuity design, The 42nd Australian Conference of Economists, 2013, Perth.

The impact of parental emigration on the education of children left behind: Evidence from Sri Lanka (with Vengadeshvaran Sarma), Migration: Global Development, New Frontiers 2013, London.